David Hallam’s lawsuit against the Methodist Church, announced more than a week ago, still hasn’t materialised as far as I can tell. His website is claiming growing international support, though as commenter Michael has observed, the number of supportive comments he has received is rather limited and media coverage remains sparse. Perhaps I’m mis-reading the situation, but I think if I were in the Methodist Preacher’s shoes I’d be feeling more than a bit disappointed.
Perhaps it is disappointment that has prompted David to seek solace in company which he must surely be finding distinctly uncomfortable. Today, he points us to an article in the Spectator headed Decency fights back in which Melanie Phillips bizarrely links the resignation of an Emeritus Professor of Physics from the American Physical Society (over climate change) with David’s threatened law suit. I dare say his blog will have received plenty of additional traffic as a result of the link, but I wonder if he doesn’t feel slightly soiled by it.
After all, this would be the Melanie Phillips whose religious tolerance leads her to call our capital city Londonistan, whose scientific credentials are established by her scare-mongering over MMR, and whose politics are laid bare in her description as a a great intellect and truth teller by the anti-Islamic darling of the Tea Party movement Pamela Geller - a women who has given support to the fascists of the English Defence League.
I could be wrong, but if I were in David’s position I’d be considering where all this is leading.